Editor’s note: BAMirror’s Lee Shepherd usually reviews Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra concerts. Last weekend, however, she was a participant in a BPO performance. Here are her reflections: By Lee Shepherd Joy and brotherhood -- that's what Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is all about, and that's what we experienced singing the massive choral and orchestral work with the Binghamton University Chorus and Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra in front of a sold-out crowd last Saturday (April 16) at The Forum in Binghamton. Months of preparation went into the concert, with excellent coaching from Bruce...Read more
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Something old, something new and something smacking of a midlife crisis!That phrase characterizes Saturday’s fine Binghamton Philharmonic concert in a nutshell. Performing at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center, the orchestra revisited Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 and introduced the program with a sparkling new work, Tri-Sattawat by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen (commissioned by Maestro Jose-Luis Novo’s other orchestra, the Annapolis Philharmonic). Tri-Sattawat (“Three Centuries”) was an hors d’oeuvre to whet...Read more
Reviewed by Tony Villecco While it’s no big news that the Binghamton Philharmonic has some damn fine musicians, I dare say at Sunday afternoon’s performance (Nov. 10) at Binghamton University's Anderson Center, had I closed my eyes I would have felt the presence of the Cleveland Orchestra or even the New York Philharmonic. Yes, that’s how unified and glorious a sound the musicians produced under the capable hands of Maestro Jose-Luis Novo. In an eclectic program ranging from classical to contemporary to modern, the concert opened with Courtly Dances from Benjamin...Read more
I attended all three performances of Union-Endicott High School's amazing production of Godspell. How were the arts a part of your week and weekend?...Read more
Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Take four fine musicians, put them in an 1850s church surrounded by farm fields frequented by horses and other critters, and ask the performers to play their favorite works, and you’ll get the marvelous concert performed last night (July 25) by the Fenimore Quartet at the West Kortright Music Centre. (more…)...Read more
Reviewed by Lee Shepherd It’s not a tune you’d go home humming. World-class cellist Amit Peled declared his adversarial relationship with his cello in the grim five-note motif within the first bar of the work, creating a tension that soon rose to a shriek. Hysterics, grimness, angst -- these are all adjectives that came to mind when listening to him perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s "Cello Concerto No. 1" with the Binghamton Philharmonic Sunday (Jan. 29) at Binghamton University's Anderson Center.
Editor's note: Julian Shepherd kindly wrote this review so that his wife, Lee, could attend a Madrigal Choir of Binghamton rehearsal. She was loathe to skip any rehearsals, with MCOB's "Lessons and Carols" concert coming up on Thanksgiving weekend. By Julian Shepherd Maybe the reason for existence is what Charles Ives questioned in the The Unanswered Question, but the Binghamton Philharmonic provided one answer for us last Sunday (Nov. 6) at Binghamton University: great music performed with great skill and sensitivity. Accompanied by guest pianist Shai Wosner, the...Read more